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1 Our Next Chapter Dr. Candice McQueen Commissioner of Education Attendance Supervisors’ Spring Conference April 24, 2015

2 Tennessee has made major strides in improving educational outcomes. Elementary and Middle SchoolsHigh Schools Fastest improving state in the nation on 4 th and 8 th grade NAEP Consistent gains on TCAP every year since new assessments in 2010 Fastest growing graduation rate of any state ACT statewide average has increased to 19.3

3 At the same time, the world has changed and today’s students need much more to be able to succeed. By 2025, 55% of all new jobs will require postsecondary education Postsecondary graduates are more likely to be employed and have higher earnings than high school graduates. The gaps in employment and earnings between these groups have grown substantially over time.

4 The Reality  Less than half of all 3 rd grade students are proficient or above in reading  Less than half of all 8 th grade students are proficient or above in reading  Less than 40% of all high school students are proficient or above in English III  In fall 2013, almost 64% of first-time freshmen in TN community colleges took at least one remedial or developmental course  TN ranks in the bottom half of all states on the Nation’s Report Card or NAEP

5 Tennessee students are struggling in the early years after high school. 72,865 Students 2007 Cohort of High School Freshmen 10,545 students did not graduate from high school 22,334 students graduated from high school and entered the workforce and earn an average salary of $9,030 annually 40,235 students enrolled in postsecondary. 58 percent were still enrolled in one year (or 20,418 of the 35,055 who enrolled immediately after graduation). 3,514 had completed a certificate or degree within three years.

6 Tennessee Promise gives students an incredible, new opportunity. Free, Public K-14 System Grades K-12 Grades 13-14 Tennessee Promise Additional Postsecondary Education and Career Opportunities

7 It's now our responsibility to set students up for success. Given our progress, the changing world, and the opportunity of Tennessee Promise, we must reorganize around a new vision: Progress Changing World TN Promise SUCCESS AFTER GRADUATION Grades K-12 Grades 13-14 Tennessee Promise

8 To ensure our students are ready for postsecondary success, we must meet the following goals. SUCCESS AFTER GRADUATION GOAL #1GOAL #2GOAL #3GOAL #4 Tennessee will continue its rapid improvement and rank in the top half of states by 2019. Tennessee’s high school seniors will improve faster than any other state’s. The average ACT score in Tennessee will be a 21, allowing more students to earn HOPE scholarships. A majority of high school graduates will go on to earn a certificate, diploma, or degree. MEASUREMENT We will rank in the top half of states on 4th and 8th grade NAEP in 2019. MEASUREMENT We will be the fastest improving state on 12th grade NAEP in 2017. MEASUREMENT Tennessee will have an average public ACT composite score of 21 by 2020. MEASUREMENT The class of 2020 will be on track to achieve 55% post secondary completion within six years.

9 To achieve success after graduation, we will organize our work around the following strategic priorities. SUCCESS AFTER GRADUATION Support Educators Empower Districts High School and Bridge to Postsecondary Early Foundations All Means All

10 Ensure students are building the necessary skills in early grades to be ready for future success Early Foundations  Foundational skills, particularly basic literacy and numeracy, are critical for everything that follows. Third grade reading levels are highly predictive of both K-12 and postsecondary success.  Tennessee currently spends more than $250 million annually in federal and state funds on pre-kindergarten, Head Start, and state-subsidized child care, but we do not know whether these students are ready for day one of kindergarten.  Kindergarten through second grade are crucial, yet we lack a strong measure of student progress and adult impact.

11 Strategically support the preparation and development of a strong educator workforce in Tennessee Support Educators  All teachers have performance evaluations, but many continue to lack access to effective tools to get better.  When teachers and leaders receive effective professional development, results for students improve.  Student attendance and other non-academic factors have a significant impact on academic achievement. We can better leverage and coordinate our efforts to help address these factors and support educators in advancing student learning.

12 Provide individualized support and additional opportunities for students who are furthest behind All Means All  A majority of Tennessee students are economically disadvantaged, and large numbers are members of racial minority or other high need groups. Tennessee cannot succeed as a state unless these students are successful.  Economically disadvantaged and African American students made massive strides in the last several years. However, major gaps still exist for these students.  Students with disabilities and English learners have made limited gains. The state must provide more support to ensure these students grow.  Large numbers of students remain stuck in failing schools. While the ASD and the Shelby County iZone show promise in changing these schools’ trajectory, more—and faster—intervention is needed for schools in the bottom five percent of the state.

13 Provide districts with the data, support, and autonomy they need to make the best decisions for their students  Tennessee’s districts and schools vary greatly in size, demographics, opportunities and challenges.  Districts are best positioned to make informed decisions about how to manage and support their schools and educators.  High performing districts should have more opportunities for earned autonomy.  Some districts have started to differentiate retention, performance pay and career trajectories/leadership pipelines, but these efforts need to accelerate. Empower Districts

14 Ensure high schools prepare significantly more students for postsecondary High School and Bridge to Postsecondary  High schools have become much stronger at graduating students, but lack the data to track students beyond graduation.  High schools are not advancing student skill levels sufficiently; eighth grade scores almost fully predict 12th grade outcomes.  Many students have insufficient access to rigorous courses that prepare them for postsecondary and are aligned to workforce needs.  The handoff between high school and postsecondary is weak. Too many students lack the necessary support and guidance to negotiate this transition.

15  Opportunity to share feedback on the state’s current academic standards in math and English language arts; open to every Tennessean.  Specific comments on the more than 2,000 individual state standards in math and English Language Arts can be provided at  To date, we have received more than 125,000 comments from more than 2,800 reviewers. Standards Review and Development Process

16 Feedback Distribution

17  The review website is open for comments through the end of April  The Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) will collect comments from the website  Six content-specific advisory teams, made up of Tennessee educators, will review and analyze the comments collected from the website What happens with public comments?

18  Advisory teams will then share their findings with two committees of Tennessee educators, one committee for math and one for English Language Arts  These committees will make recommendations to a new committee appointed by the Governor, Speaker of the House, and Lieutenant Governor. Then, this group will make final recommendations to the State Board of Education on how we can best revise and develop the standards based on the feedback collected from the public review What happens with public comments?

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